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Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Concordia University:
Examining fundamental differences in childhood vs adulthood onset obesity

Research program title

Examining fundamental differences in childhood vs adulthood onset obesity

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Program description

The Metabolism, Obesity, and Nutrition (MON) lab performs cutting-edge multi-disciplinary human research that uniquely combines biological, physiological, and nutritional techniques to examine the metabolic effects of obesity and its associated comorbidities. Our goal is to identify the effects of obesity from the cell to the entire body on the prevention and progression of disease. Currently, we aim to understand the unique contribution of regional subcutaneous fat to metabolic disease risk in adulthood and childhood onset obesity. The ideal candidate will employ techniques in cellular and molecular biology to examine differences in primary preadiopocytes and myocytes that have been isolated from adults who have had obesity since childhood vs. adulthood. Though the position will focus on developing cellular experiments, there will opportunity to be involved and develop skills in study recruitment and coordination, measurement of body composition, fitness and strength measurements, primary cell culture, flow cytometry, and other wet lab protocols. In leading the project, the candidate will also have the opportunity to work with a number of researchers within and outside of Concordia. MON lab provides a strong training ground to prepare trainees for an independent career in academia, government, or industry.

Academic qualifications required

PhD, MD, or equivalent doctoral degree and training in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Physiology, or related fields. Understanding of metabolism or physiology, and experience with microscopy and cell culture and co-culture techniques is preferred. Qualified individuals will demonstrate the potential for research through their training and peer-reviewed publications.

The Postdoctoral Fellow must start their appointment by August 31, 2022.

Submission process

  • All documents must be submitted to Sylvia Santosa
  • Please include the reference number with your application
  • Deadline: September 19, 2021

Application checklist

  • One to three (1-3) page research statement demonstrating fit with the program described above 
  • Current curriculum vitae demonstrating research excellence and a capacity for leadership in the domain (maximum 5 pages)
  • Two letters of reference from academic supervisors or current employers to be sent via e-mail directly to: Sylvia Santosa